Climate Growth And Climate Change

As Earths population continues its rapid growth, natural resources are becoming increasingly strained. Conservative estimates predict the 2015 population of roughly 7 billion will increase to 11.2 billion by 2100, with countries becoming increasingly developed (UN 2015). Historically, gross domestic product (GDP) and greenhouse gas (GHG’s) emissions have been positively correlated (IPCCC 2014). If this correlation holds true, the increasing populous and perceived development will release more GHG’s, further contributing to climate change. Climate change, in turn, will add more pressure to an already strained natural resource supply.
Climate change refers to a historically natural process of warming and cooling cycles on the Earth, which is
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As of 2012 China, the United States, and the E.U., made up over 50% of these emissions (IPCCC 2014). The perceived relationship between GDP and GHG emissions has caused concern over if economic growth is possible without GHG emissions growth. Many studies have shown that Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and GHG emission were positively correlated in the past, but the future is uncertain (World Bank 2010)(IPCCC 2014)(WMA 2015). By conducting a statistical analysis I will attempt to grasp what factors influence various types of GHG emissions from 184 countries at 2012 levels. This will include GDP, forested lands, agriculture production, urban population, car ownership, and renewables percentage of the energy grid. Gaining a grasp on these factors will allow for a greater focus on these correlations when attempting to reduce these GHG …show more content…
The World Resources Institute provided data from all greenhouse gas emission recordings from 1990-2012, collected from multiple sources and pooled on their site along with GDP. A majority of the climate data and the GHG emission levels were collected directly from a UNFCCC longtional study. This study estimates GHG emissions for 184 countries who self-reported, were monitored, or provided other relevant information used to discern GHG emissions checked against atmospheric levels. GHG emissions for each different gas were measured in carbon dioxide warming equivalents. GDP and other economic data was sourced from the World

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